Thursday, November 13, 2008

Palin Africa Confusion Hoax - MSNBC Apologizes

MSNBC retracted the story they reported as gospel fact that Gov Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa is a continent not a country or the countries involved in NAFTA. Obviously MSNBC believes in the better late than never news philosophy - report first, investigate later.

The Associated Press is reporting that
MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Network spokesguy, Jeremy Gates explained,
"The story was not properly vetted and should not have made air. We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes."
Not properly vetted? Almost immediately? That's not a victim. That's a willing participant. MSNBC desperately wanted dirt on Palin's intellect and they jumped at the first lunacy offered and they ran, ran like the wind, with it.

The source of the story and the hoax is a "flog" a fake blog disquised to look real. In this case it was the Eisenstadt Group, Martin Eisenstadt's Blog and The Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy.

Eisenstadt the source for Sarah Palin Africa leak… and proud of it.
November 10th, 2008. by Marty

UPDATE (scroll down for original post)…. MSNBC did a nice “Breaking News” piece on me with David Schuster interviewing my fellow pundits, “Republican strategist”
Todd Boulanger and “Democratic strategist” David Goodfriend about my difficult decision to come clean as the source of the Africa story. MSNBC tried to reach me today for an on-camera interview as well, but I was traveling between DC and New York when the story aired. I certainly have my issues with NBC, and even Keith Olbermann’s used me as a source on several occasions, so at least it was nice that this time they gave me full attribution.

What a bunch of rubes! Heck, the media even ignored the fact that Sarah Palin has a Journalism degree and worked as a reporter. She was one of them, geez!

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

Given that Obama had served on a Chicago board with Ayers and approved funding of a leftist educational project sponsored by Ayers, one might think that the unrepentant Ayers-Dohrn couple might be of some interest to the national media. But no, reporters have been too busy playing mini-badminton with every random spitball about Sarah Palin, who has been subjected to an atrocious and at times delusional level of defamation merely because she has the temerity to hold pro-life views.

How dare Palin not embrace abortion as the ultimate civilized ideal of modern culture? How tacky that she speaks in a vivacious regional accent indistinguishable from that of Western Canada! How risible that she graduated from the State University of Idaho and not one of those plush, pampered commodes of received opinion whose graduates, in their rush to believe the worst about her, have demonstrated that, when it comes to sifting evidence, they don't know their asses from their elbows.

Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology -- contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.

I like Sarah Palin, and I've heartily enjoyed her arrival on the national stage. As a career classroom teacher, I can see how smart she is -- and quite frankly, I think the people who don't see it are the stupid ones, wrapped in the fuzzy mummy-gauze of their own worn-out partisan dogma. So she doesn't speak the King's English -- big whoop! There is a powerful clarity of consciousness in her eyes. She uses language with the jumps, breaks and rippling momentum of a be-bop saxophonist. I stand on what I said (as a staunch pro-choice advocate) in my last two columns -- that Palin as a pro-life wife, mother and ambitious professional represents the next big shift in feminism. Pro-life women will save feminism by expanding it, particularly into the more traditional Third World.

As for the Democrats who sneered and howled that Palin was unprepared to be a vice-presidential nominee -- what navel-gazing hypocrisy! What protests were raised in the party or mainstream media when John Edwards, with vastly less political experience than Palin, got John Kerry's nod for veep four years ago? And Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, for whom I lobbied to be Obama's pick and who was on everyone's short list for months, has a record indistinguishable from Palin's. Whatever knowledge deficit Palin has about the federal bureaucracy or international affairs (outside the normal purview of governors) will hopefully be remedied during the next eight years of the Obama presidencies.

Marie's Two Cents said...

The media set out to make Sarah Palin look like an idiot from the moment she entered the arena.

They succeeded in some peoples minds and they voted for the real idiot.

Now they retract, I'm truly shocked that MSNBC retracted at all. But the damage was already done and they knew it!

Mike H. said...

No Marie, they're trying to recoup their losses after the readers left during the election. They've rightly made a name as untrustworthy purveyors of the news and they're terrified that it might stick.

Makes no difference to me, I waited around till this election to give up television. The newspapers went a long time ago.

Indigo Red said...

Coming from a person on the political left, Matt, your words are quite refreshing. I've only one disagreemnet - "Obama presidencies." Yeah, dream on.

However, I am concerned for your mental stability unless, of coarse, you have truly seen the light, come to your senses, and have come away from the darkside.

Your writings on your blog tell a different story, a very different story.

Sarah Palin needs to take a leaf out of Michelle Obama's there is lady who has class and intelligence. Not one word of abrasive language toward the opposition....shear elegance and grace.....that unfortunately is something Sarah has yet to find in herself. I guess she likes to be seen as a "regular gal".....only this regular gal is not what she seems...I think there are many sides to Sarah Palin and not all of them pleasant, as we have seen with her caustic behaviour on the campaign trail. No, Sarah can make all the speeches she wants and wear all the most expensive clothes she wants......but does that make her a nice intelligent lady, absolutely not......far from it. The McCain STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS has lost all of it's wheels
Posted by Matt Rose at 1:55 PM 9 comments

Keep squawking 'Sarah'...The polls are loving IT!
If she thinks that screeching, drippy sarcasm is cute, she's wrong. She's shown us how dismally unqualified she is to hold any office, much less the second highest office in the U.S. Now she thinks she has the right to make fun of people? What an stupid, arrogant woman she is.
Posted by Matt Rose at 1:51 PM 0 comments

There is another explaination. It is possible, Matt, that you live in an overwhelmingly Liberal environment and your life would be endangered if those around you knew your true beliefs and thoughts.

Indigo Red said...

It seems, Marie, the MSM is doing a whole bunch of backpeddling. Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose have said, after throwing their full support behind Obama, that they have no idea what Obama is about.

People have a very short corporate memory, Mike. This whole bias thing will be forgotten before New Year's day.

Carrie said...

Why aren't you going after Fox News for reporting the exact same thing?

Indigo Red said...

Because the overall actions and reportage of MSNBC was of a far more aggregious nature. MSNBC was blatantly and militantly anti-Palin. FOX was hoodwinked on one news story. MSNBC was creating stories from whole cloth throughout the campaign, tingly legs and all.

Carrie said...

In that case, I'm sure you've gone after Fox for its blatant and militant anti-Obama bias. Or do you actually think Fox News is "fair and balanced"?